What can we,as an individual, do for fighting against Global warming?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Here are a few simple tips:

    Heating and cooling your home:

    • Lower your thermostat in the winter

    • Raise your thermostat in the summer

    • Dress appropriately

    • Install a programmable thermostat to regulate your heating and cooling when you are not home

    • Do not place lamps near a thermostat

    • Clean or replace filters on your furnace and air conditioner

    • Get your furnace and air conditioner inspected every few years

    • Keep the outside portion of a central air conditioner clear from dried mud, debris and grass clippings. Check after an intense rain. Mud can splatter onto the unit and block the air after it dries

    • During the summer, shade windows on the sunny side of your home. Keep drapes closed or add room-darkening shades to block out the heat from the sun

    • On hot summer days, avoid opening doors and windows in your home during the afternoon. This allows cool air to escape and hot air to enter the home. Choose activities that are either indoors or outdoors and restrict activities that require many door openings to the mornings

    • Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket

    • Insulate pipes, walls, lofts, doors, windows, etc.

    • Replace your old single-glazed windows with double-glazing

    Lighting and Appliances:

    • If you need an appliance, choose an energy star rated unit

    • Unplug unnecessary appliances

    • Do not leave appliances on standby

    • Use energy efficient lightbulbs

    • Turn of unnecessary lights

    Washing and Drying:

    • Run your dishwasher without the "drying cycle" and just let dishes drip dry

    • Use the dishwasher or washing machine only when they are full

    • Dry light and heavy clothing separately for maximum efficiency

    • Empty the lint trap after each use of the dryer

    • Install a dryer vent hood where your dryer discharges to the outside to reduce the amount of heat escaping from this hole

    • If buying a new dryer, find one with a moisture sensor that turns off when the clothes are dry

    Cooking:

    • Cover your pots while cooking

    • Bake with glass or ceramic pans which allow you to set the temperature in the oven by 25 degrees Fahrenheit lower than the recipe calls for

    • Choose small appliances over big ones, such as a toaster oven, electric teapot, rice cooker, electric frypan or a crackpot

    • Make more food than you need for one meal and then heat the leftovers in a microwave

    Food consumption:

    • Choose products that come with little packaging and buy refills when you can

    • Buy local produce

    • Buy fresh foods instead of frozen

    • Eat fewer meat and dairy products

    • Buy organic foods as much as possible

    • Use cloth bags when shopping at the grocery store

    Transportation:

    • Reduce your driving speed from 65 mph to 55 mph

    • Avoid quick acceleration or sudden braking unless your life is in danger

    • Use cruise control when highway driving

    • Avoid rough roads where possible. Smooth road surfaces can reduce fuel consumption

    • Remove any extra weight in the vehicle, such as items you don't need to use that are stored in the trunk

    • Put items inside the vehicle rather than on roof racks to reduce drag

    • Don't leave an empty roof rack on your car

    • Check your tires weekly to make sure they’re properly inflated

    • Drive a fuel efficient vehicle

    • If you need a new vehicle, choose an alliterative fuel model

    • Fly less

    • Walk or bike when possible

    • Use public transport or carpool when you need to drive

    Encourage others to reduce their energy consumption:

    • Share this list with your friends and family

    • Encourage your school or business to reduce emissions

    • Support businesses that recycle and take other important measure to reduce global warming

    • Write to your local senators and state congressmen

    • Join the virtual march : http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/

    Other:

    • Recycle and reuse:http://www.nwf.org/Global-Warming/Personal-Solutio...

    • Buy less stuff: Everything we buy creates waste and uses energy both in the manufacturing process and after we use it

  • Gina
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    4 years ago

    I fail to see first of all what you would accomplish. There are many "programs" out there that really do nothing but to make people aware of the problem with GW. and 1/2 the people might listen to you and 1/2 would immediately become your enemies. Why you might ask ? Because upon closer examination, the GW crowd is losing steam. They've had too many discredited and lying scientists and experts tauting the cause, but failed to actually prove it exists as a real problem. You have people that are looking through the paradygm that this is "abnormal" all based on their paultry 20 or 30 years on this earth and observations. Meanwhile we've been learning as we go and the data keeps coming in. Like the polar bears are not drowning, their population has quadripled since the 50's and 75% of them live in Canada. They do'nt belong on the endangered species list. We learned that no one can decide if the ice caps are melting or not, one groups says they are, one group has proof they aren't. But they did find sub oceanic volcanoes under the ice caps....a little fact supressed by the media and the eco freaks. We learned that hurricane frequency and strength is not dependant on hot weather, yet that's an old line eco freaks are still trying to say. It all boils down to this...In life, you will have a chance to be a part of things, or you can bypass those things if they have no credibity, truth or feasibility. You can either be numb minded and fall for some con job, or you can use your brain, get invovled, find the truth and go by what the best data supports. That is where the "green" movement screwed up. They insulted the 1970's plus crowd who have been fighting pollution and air / water quality by forcing their agenda and saying it has to be done NOW. We've taken issue with pollution and slowly changed the way things are done over decades...and it didn't effect the stock market, or the price of corn and grains, it didn't oust people to use certain products or ban others. It didn't mess up the economy or force bad legislation. It didn't raise people's cost of living or invoke bad government programs, or raise taxes more than what they are already raised. The green movement also weren't picky about who thier allies are, and when you invite the whacko's that make no sense and are wrong on their facts...it makes you look bad and desperate. The time line also was pretty dumb since they wanted their way NOW and wanted everyone to be forced to do it NOW, adding to discontent, cost of living and stress in an already faultering economy. So, if you really want to make a change, i'd say invent something to take the place of a product that isn't enviormentally friendly. Create something that's been overlooked or is just as good as the old product, but better. Petitions and movements only have their place to rally the really stupid people of society that have nothing better to do than jump on a band wagon to find some fullfillment in their lives. But it rarely gets anything to actually change.

  • 9 years ago

    There are several things we as individuals can do to help against Global Warming. First we need to realize that we as individuals can indeed make a huge impact on our planet, but for the good and the bad. Even just one person can make that difference standing up and deciding to live a greener lifestyle.

    Some things we can do to live green are;

    1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle-- These three R's are very important and simply by doing them each of us can have a large contribution is lowering our impact on the planet.

    2. Become a green shopper -- shop at your local farmers market, buy organic, buy eco-friendly products, understand if you are buying an item because you really need it or simply want it, and much more.

    3. Conserve energy -- by conserving energy you lower your impact on the planet and can save money. Use compact florescent light bulbs, turn off lights when not in the room, keep your AC on a set temperature, use cold water to wash your laundry in, and much more.

    4. Conserve water -- by conserving water you help protect one of our most valuable resources. Take showers instead of baths, turn off the water when brushing your teeth, don't clean off your porch with the hose pipe sweep it off instead, and much more.

    I could go on and on. But the point is that YES there are LOTS of ways individuals can make a difference.

    Think Green, Live Green, Be Green!

  • 9 years ago

    Earth Protection

    There is no more important thing than Earth Protection in present. We just heard of an earthquake in south and then heard of a volcanic eruption in north, and a arid in the west and a typoon in the east, and a flood in the middle. What make these suffering happen?

    Nature resource is the gift from God given to human being. Abusing resource get the global environment worse and worse.

    Let us love the earth where we live and protect the environment and preserve the limited resource together.

    What We Can Do To Protect the Environment

    We will first discuss maintaining outer ecological balance. There are two ways to protect the environment: treasure life and conserve resources. To raise the quality of life we should promote protection of all living beings, especially prevent animals from being killed. And we should also treasure plant life, even a blade of grass is vital because it purifies the air we breathe.

    In addition to treasuring life, we can protect the environment by conserving resources. To save our earth, we must reduce the consumption of natural resources. There are many things we can do with minimal effort: take shorter showers, do not litter, and reduce the amount of trash we produce, set your air conditioner to a higher temperature, use energy-saving light bulbs or fixtures. Instead of using disposable paper plates and plastic utensils, we can use reusable ones. Another way to conserve resources is to recycle. We can recycle paper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and glass jars, bring your own shopping bags when shopping, choose durable and fuel efficient tires, buy and use more recycled materials.

    In addition to protecting the physical environment, we have to take good care of our internal spiritual environment.

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  • 9 years ago

    - Buy a hybrid vehicle, or better yet, ride your bike or walk everywhere

    - Use energy efficient lightbulbs

    - Unplug all unnecessary appliances when you leave your house

    - Buy energy efficient appliances

    - Keep your thermostat as low as possible during the winter, and don't use air conditioning in the summer

    - Make sure all your drafts are sealed properly

    - Conserve water as much as possible by only washing full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine

    - Wash all your clothing using cold water

    - RECYCLE! Check with your local recycling facilities about what you can recycle in your area

    - Eat locally-grown food

    - Try to cut down on trash, eg. use cloth diapers instead of disposable, put your groceries in reusable totes, don't use plastic water bottles, etc.

    - Plant a tree!

  • 9 years ago

    Just Plant trees/ Plants where ever and when ever u can. stop using car/ bikes & use bicycle/ public transport system as far as possible. Try to avoid using Air conditioner as far as possible.Eeducate about what u do to as many others u can ; people will follow you .no one like to listen u but they like to see and follow u. so we should do any thing to stand as an example for others. most important thing is, we should love this globe. love this nature. this environment. we are responsible for whar we are today .

    On a festive day we go to temple, we can also plant saplings on a festive day. on the birthday of our child, our parents etc. celebrate your marriage day with planting saplings. do and motivate others to follow it . See , one day earth will be green. If sufficient trees are there, they can take care of every thing

    Bharati, Orissa

  • 9 years ago

    Set an example by using less energy from fossil fuels;

    refuse, reuse, reduce, recycle, all plastic products.

  • 9 years ago

    Realise that it doesn't exist and that it has been concocted by the all pervasive lefties as another basis on which they can further cultivate the guilt complex amongst the burgeoning 'champagne socialist' middle classes of the Western world.

    By all means submit to higher taxation and send off your own money to the 3rd world to fund 'eco friendly' infrastructure development but don't scream blue murder when you finally realise that you have been hoodwinked once again by those crafty pseudo-Marxists.

    EDIT:

    Oh yes, my mistake; I have just noticed that you are based in India. In that case I would fully support the dissemination of this myth so that ignorant Western meatheads agree to send further tranches of $ to the developing world in the name of "saving the planet!"

  • 9 years ago

    Plant as many trees as you can, and prohibit the tree cutting whenever possible.

  • 9 years ago

    Reduce your Carbon Foot Print From Home.

    Waste reduction starts from home. It is a simple process that requires one individual in the house hold to take the initiative to segregate his waste into organic, recyclable, hazardous and electronic.

    The effort entails placing four small bins in which the categories of waste mentioned above are disposed off respectively. Your recyclables can all be mixed, in one container, but caution should be taken to discard organic waste, hazardous waste and e waste separately in different waste containers.

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    Most people use a bin liner to dispose off their waste as this insures that the process is not messy. In order to start reducing waste at source, bin liners should not be used to dispose of organic waste, this process only adds to ever growing challenge of managing waste. Organic waste can be disposed of without using a bin liner straight into the dustbin, and the dustbin can be cleaned after it has been emptied. This simple process will save you money and reduce your houses carbon footprint. Similarly when disposing paper wastes make sure that only the necessary paper waste is being disposed off. Paper can be used as rough paper for kids to scribble on or as a note pad elongating the life of the paper and again saving you money. Before disposing your electronic waste make sure that it is in a condition that it cannot be used or repaired. If you have no uses of it donate it to a library or to someone who needs it. When disposing hazardous waste such as batteries, insure that all life of the battery has been utilized, and buy batteries that are rechargeable.

    An average Indian family generates about .5 kgs of waste on a daily basis. This waste is 60% organic, 20% recyclable and 20% inert in nature. Most households do not segregate their waste at home, as a result when the waste is disposed off it is mixed and contaminated requiring segregation to be done manually. Indian waste also contains a high level of moisture, mostly due to the large organic content and eating habits of the people. It is well know that the Indian waste management sector is unorganized in nature adding to the ever growing challenge of managing waste in India.

    Most individuals involved in the field have little knowledge of proper waste management practises and the collection process does not allow them to store waste in different compartments in their carts. It is also well know and documented that most organic waste in India is not treated and finds its way to the landfill site, hence it becomes imperative that we take steps to reduce waste generation of waste from our homes

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